Daflyone in Chicago, Illinois said: How is someone supposed to get experience in Usability when there are no one is willing to hire a recent college grad? I have a degree in usability from DePaul but I've been unsuccessful in landing a usability job. I've been forced to take a helpdesk position because I cant find anything because places like Allsate wont give me a chance.
You're probably not going to like this reply... Most hiring managers are looking for UX people who have, at a minimum, an MS degree and 3-5 years experience. The way a recent grad gets a UX job "right out of school" is to have a Ph.D. That's how I, and most of my colleagues got their first UX job.
If you want a UX job in this economy, you'll need to complete at least an MS and to work with your academic advisor to secure an internship or two. Parlay the internship into a contract to hire, and you're on your way... If you want to compete in the open market and can't get an internship foot-in-the-door, you likely will need to complete a Doctorate. Naturally, your mileage may vary.